Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National, has been seen drinking coffee in the basement of Trump Tower in New York after her party had refused to say whether or not she was meeting Donald Trump.
Le Pen, who polls show could make it to the final round of the French presidential election in May, broke off from a busy campaign schedule to fly unannounced to New York for what her party said was a “private visit”. Party officials refused to comment on whether or not she might meet Trump.
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Le Pen was spotted with Louis Aliot, who is one of her party vice-presidents as well as her partner.
They were having coffee with two others in the basement of Trump Tower at around 11am on Thursday.
Asked by White House pool reporters whether she was there to meet Trump and whether she was there in a professional or personal capacity, she declined to answer.